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Energy, Environments and People

The built environment and those who occupy it need to maximise opportunities that limit the impacts of climate change whilst providing safe and healthy places for people to live and work.

Quality of life and the wellbeing of everyone is reliant on a good quality built environment – from housing, to workplaces, schools and the natural environments that surround them.

Energy, its use and delivery, has a significant impact on these internal spaces, and has the potential to provide comfortable places to live and work together, with external impact on climate change and air quality.


The Energy, Environment and People Research and Scholarship Group (EEP) aims to reduce energy use whilst supporting appropriate energy systems, to support an improved environment, society and economy.

The EEP Group aims to improve sustainability of the built environment and the lifestyles of people working across built environment scales, from components to buildings, neighbourhoods to national level. Research will provide evidence from design and planning through to implementation and performance evaluation and demolition to initiate long term sustainable improvements.


The research from the EEP R&S has been very diverse since 2014. Research topics range from improving components of buildings such as facades and heating systems, combining technologies to reduce overall energy use, development of tools and approaches to assist with decision making, through to evaluation behaviour change and perceptions of change.

Over £5m research income has been secured by the EEP group from funding bodies and consultancy work with a broad range of project values.

21 research grants have been received – two of these, LCBE SPECIFIC 2 and EnergyREV, have a value of over £500,000. Six projects have a value of between £100,000 - £500,000, with the remaining projects less than £100,000.


A broad range of engagement activities have been undertaken by the group including providing evidence for national policy decision making, CBD training activities and workshops to deliver outcomes to a broad range of stakeholders.

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